It has been Purdue for a while in TyVel Jemison’s mind, he just chose not to disclose it. Even before Danny Hope was fired as the Boilermakers football coach, the Bishop Luers senior defensive back had made a commitment to Purdue.
“I’ve been committed before Coach Hope left, just did not announce it yet,” Jemison wrote in a text message Monday. “I kinda been committed to Purdue when Coach Hope was there, just no one knew.”
Hope was fired by Purdue in November despite the Boilermakers going 6-6 and getting a bowl bid. Darrell Hazell was hired away from Kent State as Hope’s replacement last week. Jemison wrote he planned to speak with Hazell soon.
“The coaches are setting up a call with him so I can (talk to Hazell),” Jemison wrote.
Jemison, who also played running back for the Knights but was recruited as a defensive back, also had an offer from Toledo. He had received the offer from Purdue a few months ago but was working on his academic situation before committing.
“I chose Purdue because of their academics, history and it’s not far from home,” Jemison wrote. “I feel like Purdue will give me the opportunity to come in as a freshman and start, while I’m working to get that degree.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Jemison had 85 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles this season. At running back, he had 600 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns.
He helped the Knights to their fourth straight state championship. In the Knights’ 40-28 win over Indianapolis Ritter in the 2A title game, Jemison ran for 88 yards and scored a touchdown and had seven tackles.
Jemison is the third Division I football recruit from Luers with linebacker Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame) and receiver Michael Rogers (Bowling Green).